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Confusion in Reno over #Unite4Marriage events

#United4Marriage rally in support of Marriage Equality meets in Reno City Plaza at 7 pm

#United4Marriage rally in support of Marriage Equality meets in Reno City Plaza at 7 pm

Confusion seems to be an issue as it appears there are two separate events being held tomorrow in the nationwide call to rally to #Unite4Marriage as the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) hears oral arguments starting at 10 am Tuesday, April 28, which likely will determine if marriage equality is the law of the land. Same gender Nevadans could be affected by the SCOTUS decision.

Build Our Center, who has sponsored the last three marriage equality rallies in Reno has set the #United4Marriage rally set for Reno City Plaza at 7 pm. The rally will have several speakers and then a March to Arch, which has become tradition. The second event is set for under the arch at 7:30 pm hosted by Reno Gay Pride who calls their event a Supreme Court Gay Marriage Rally. Both events are listed on the Marriage Equality events calendar and have confused many in the community.

Nevadans need to be aware that marriage equality in the Silver State would again be banned if SCOTUS decides that states do have the right to control who can be issued marriage licenses. A decision in favor of state’s rights would revert Nevada back to the constitutional definition as between a man and a women.

In a Facebook post the call went out “It doesn’t matter if your gay, straight, or whatever…Come join and take a stand for people across the nation who are not getting the same civil rights as others!” from a post supporting the Unite4Marriage rally. All Nevadans who believe in equality are being asked to show their support tomorrow night in Reno.

What is with the two times and two places,” an email therenogaypage received said. “Is there one event or two and why the confusion? If you read the Facebook events posting both read almost identically. Looks like we haven’t learned to work together yet. People won’t come and show support if there are confused as to what is happening. And Reno Gay Page you are so right, be seen and heard not silent.”

Audio of the oral testimony will be available on the SCOUTUS website immediately following its conclusion which is expected to last about 2 and half hours, an unprecedented amount of time for the court to hear an appeal. There is no live broadcasts from the SCOTUS chambers.

Meanwhile in Washington, DC. . . .

Camping out:  Many have lined up to be in the court chambers when the Supreme Court of the United States hears the appeal of Marriage Equality cases from the 6th US District, who upheld the ban.

Camping out: Many have lined up to be in the court chambers when the Supreme Court of the United States hears the appeal of Marriage Equality cases from the 6th US District, who upheld the ban.

Former Reno resident Eddie Rey, a long time gay rights activists is camped out on the sidewalk in the nation’s capital #35 in line for a seat inside tomorrow’s hearing. Two other northern Nevadans are in route to DC planning on participating in the Marriage Equality rally tomorrow outside the SCOTUS building and several other events during the day.

Therenogaypage will be getting updates from those in DC and be posting information as it is sent tomorrow.

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